You're the brains Butch. You'll think of something
Butch Cassidy (Paul Newman), the Sundance Kid (Robert Redford) and the Hole in wall gang are famous bank / train robbers. Butch is the mastermind, and Sundance the sharpshooter with the fastest guns in the West. After they rob the same train twice, the owner of the company hires a super posse to capture them.
Butch and Sundance, along with Sundance's girlfriend, Etta Place (Katharine Ross)travel down to Bolivia and re-establish their life of crime in this new country. But their demons of old catch up with them. They again try to disappear but this time they slowly walk to their fate.
Katharine Ross was permanently banned from the set, when not performing.
She enjoyed shooting the bicycle riding sequence best, because it was handled by the film crew’s second unit. Katharine said “Any day away from George Roy Hill was a good one”.
Paul Newman did his own bicycle stunts, after his stunt man was unable to stay on the bike.
The original title was The Sundance Kid and Butch Cassidy. The names reversed when superstar Newman was contracted as Butch Cassidy.
The studio was upset by the fact that Butch and Sundance wanted to avoid the superposse by leaving the country for Bolivia: “John Wayne doesn’t run away. You can’t have your hero run away” Source / More (Book)
Paul Newman has founded the Hole in the Wall Gang Camp, a residential summer camp for seriously ill children. The camp is financed with funds from Newman’s Own, a line of food products.
Robert Redford: “George Roy Hill was a crazy bastard. And a military goddamn director. Oh, you can fight with him  but you’d better have about four reasons to back it up, and be able to fight for it.” Source / More (Book)
The Sundance Kid (1870 - 1908) was born as Harry Longabaugh. Source / More (Book)
Butch Cassidy and the Sundance Kid died in Bolivia in 1908 or 1909, when they were gunned down after robbing the payroll shipment of a Bolivian mine.
The gang (named The Wild Bunch) included: Butch Cassidy, The Sundance Kid, Ben Kilpatrick, William Carver, Laura Bullion, Elza Lay, George Curry , Harvey Logan and Bob Meeks.
Butch Cassidy (April 13, 1866 - 1908) was born as Robert Leroy Parker. First Robert appropriated the name of his mentor Mike Cassidy, so he called him self George Cassidy. Later George became Butch. Source / More (Book)
The actual name of Butch and Sundance’s gang was “The Wild Bunch”. Another movie called The Wild Bunch (1969), was released a few months earlier, so the name of the gang was changed to the Hole in the Wall Gang to avoid confusion.
Hole-in-the-Wall was a place near Kaycee, Wyoming (USA).
Harry Longabaugh (Sundance Kid) spent eighteen months in jail in Sundance. After his release he took on the alias of the Sundance Kid. Source / More (Book)
This week 37 years ago Buffalo Bill and the Indians premiered (June 24, 1976)
Paul Leonard Newman
Paul was born in Cleveland, Ohio (USA). He served as a navy radio operator during World War II and after the war he studied economics at Ohio's Kenyon College but discovered drama instead. Newman completed one year of graduate studies in theatre at Yale University but gained his most important experience at New York's Actors Studio.
The success of his first Broadway appearance, Picnic (1953) led to a film contract with Warner Bros. and a first screen role in The silver chalice (1955).
Paul went on to become one of the top box office draws of the 1960s, starring in films as The Hustler (1961), The Prize (1963), Hud (1963) and Cool Hand Luke (1967).
In 1968 Newman made his debut as a filmmaker directing his second wife Joanne Woodward in Rachel, Rachel. Paul appeared in 1969's Winning, which cast him as a professional auto racer; the motor sport remained a preoccupation in his real life as well.
He was executive producer of Butch Cassidy and the Sundance Kid (1969) featuring himself and Robert Redford. The film was at the time the highest-grossing Western in movie history. In 1973 the pair portrayed Depression-era con men in The Sting.
In the late 1970s Newman began to play older and less idealized characters, but he maintained his star status by appearing in such films as Absence of Malice (1981) and The Verdict (1982).
In 1982 Newman started to market his recipes for spaghetti sauce and salad dressing under the “Newman's Own” label.
In the early nineties he appeared onscreen less and less but despite his movement away from Hollywood, Newman has remained a prominent public figure.